More and more peo­ple say­ing no to PC mob

Edmonton Sun - - COMMENT - Candice MAL­COLM @Candicemal­colm

If there’s one thing we can all agree on, it’s that po­lit­i­cal cor­rect­ness has gone too far.

A new study from the in­ter­na­tional or­ga­ni­za­tion More in Com­mon showed a whop­ping 80% of peo­ple think that “po­lit­i­cal cor­rect­ness is a prob­lem.”

The study fo­cuses on the U.S., but I’d wa­ger the num­bers are sim­i­lar in Canada.

Ev­ery day there are sto­ries in the news about so­cial me­dia mobs go­ing af­ter some­one for say­ing the wrong thing, or de­mand­ing that some­one lose their job or their plat­form for say­ing things that other peo­ple don’t like.

This has a chill­ing im­pact on free­dom of speech. It im­pedes on our abil­ity to think, to dis­cuss new ideas, to work through prob­lems, to right­fully crit­i­cize things we don’t like, and to try to make our so­ci­ety a bet­ter place.

I’ll give you two re­cent ex­am­ples of po­lit­i­cal cor­rect­ness run amok.

I heard on the ra­dio the other day an ac­tivist en­cour­ag­ing lis­ten­ers not to use the term “home­less” — which she thought was deroga­tory and un­kind. In­stead, this ac­tivist urged the au­di­ence to call home­less peo­ple our “out­door neigh­bours.”

An­other ex­am­ple was less amus­ing.

Scott Kelly, an es­teemed as­tro­naut and re­tired U.S. Navy cap­tain took to Twit­ter to en­cour­age Amer­i­cans to come to­gether and stop gloating over par­ti­san vic­to­ries.

He quoted the great Sir Win­ston Churchill, say­ing “in vic­tory, mag­na­nim­ity.”

The “woke” so­cial jus­tice war­riors were hav­ing none of it, and Kelly be­came the tar­get of an anti-free speech as­sault. Ap­par­ently, Churchill is no longer couth on the rad­i­cal Left.

Kelly ca­pit­u­lated to the mob and posted the fol­low­ing state­ment: “Did not mean to of­fend by quot­ing Churchill. My apolo­gies. I will go and ed­u­cate my­self fur­ther on his atroc­i­ties, racist views, which I do not sup­port.”

Re­gard­less of what ahis­tor­i­cal ac­tivists on so­cial me­dia may believe, Win­ston Churchill was the great­est leader of the 20th cen­tury. His courage and con­vic­tion in fight­ing the Nazis, through the dark­est hours of the Sec­ond World War, demon­strates a kind of great­ness that is rare and should be cel­e­brated.

As Western Europe was crum­bling and, one by one, democ­ra­cies were sur­ren­der­ing to Nazi Ger­many, Churchill was thrust into power, frankly, be­cause no one else wanted to lead Great Bri­tain to sure de­feat to the Nazis.

Churchill’s own po­lit­i­cal party thought it was a lost cause. Some wanted to ne­go­ti­ate a “peace” deal with Adolf Hitler.

But Churchill stayed the course. He knew the Bri­tish peo­ple would rather go down fight­ing against fas­cism than join into an al­liance with a Nazi tyrant.

Churchill led Great Bri­tain and al­lied forces to even­tual vic­tory against Hitler and Nazi fas­cism. If it weren’t for him, our world would look very dif­fer­ent to­day. His lead­er­ship ush­ered in an era of un­prece­dented peace, sta­bil­ity, pros­per­ity and growth.

That’s not to say Churchill was a per­fect man. Far from it. He drank like a fish, spent like a drunken sailor and had a cigar hang­ing from his mouth around the clock.

His record in of­fice prior to be­com­ing PM was equally dis­mal. But that’s not why we cel­e­brate Churchill. We cel­e­brate him be­cause of his courage and lead­er­ship dur­ing a few very dark years in the 1940s.

Churchill helped save free­dom and democ­racy, and de­spite his many flaws, he should be revered.

Iron­i­cally, the far Left to­day — push­ing an anti-western agenda and in­sist­ing on cen­sor­ing our his­tory, our lan­guage and our dis­course — are suc­ceed­ing in unit­ing peo­ple.

They’re unit­ing peo­ple against them.

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